Former ISU wrestler leaves Nittany Lions

Jake Calhoun

Former ISU wrestler Andrew Long has left the Penn State wrestling team after having been charged with attempted rape, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault on Aug. 12, according to the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

Long will not register for classes at Penn State to complement his departure from the team.

The Creston native wrestled his first two seasons at Iowa State, placing second at 125 pounds during his redshirt freshman season. However, Long was dismissed from the team by ISU coach Kevin Jackson in June 2010 after multiple arrests dating back to August 2009.

After being granted a release by Iowa State, which did not require him to lose a year of eligibility, Long transferred to Penn State after the fall 2010 semester to wrestle under former ISU coach Cael Sanderson, who had originally recruited him. Long placed third at the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia as Penn State went on to win the national title, its first since 1953.

PSU spokesman Pat Donghia said Sanderson had no comment on Long’s charges or departure.